The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Second Amendment challenge to California’s concealed carry law.
The original case stems from James Rothery and Andrea Hoffman being denied concealed carry permits by their local sheriff. Under California law, the carrying of firearms loaded or unloaded guns is generally prohibited in public places, but each city and county may define their own policies and procedures for obtaining concealed carry permits for “good cause.” The same law grants an exemption for retired police officers who may be granted concealed carry permits without having to show “good cause.”
The petition of the plaintiffs alleges that their county granted sole discretion to the sheriff’s office to grant concealed carry permits and the sheriff was issuing them to friends, family, and supporters with others like Rothery and Hoffman being denied in violation of their 2nd amendment rights.
The Supreme Court did not comment on their denial of the petition, but the case has been ongoing for 10 years and Rothery has since been issued a concealed carry permit by a new sheriff.